Cameron McKnight is ready to colour in his full-arm sleeve tattoo in memory of his niece who died form cystic fibrosis.
Cameron McKnight is ready to colour in his full-arm sleeve tattoo in memory of his niece who died form cystic fibrosis. Contributed

He has had 65 roses tattooed on his arm all for a good cause

Former RAAF serviceman Cameron McKnight is getting 65 roses tattooed to his forearm to help raise awareness and funds to fight the deadly disease cycstic fibrosis.

The Lismore man lost a niece to the disease two decades ago when she was just eight years old, and the family has had a long association witht Cystic Fibrosis Australia ever since, he said.

“I retired form the RAAF in 2013 and instead of doing my service through the military, I do what I can through charity works,” he said.

Mr Knight is raising funds as part of the National Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Campaign that runs during May.

A lot of young people mispronounce “cystic fibrosis as 65 roses,” and the name has stuck, he said.

Mr McKnight is looking to raise $700 and is looking for all the help he can get.

Donations can be made at: https://65roses-vic2016.everydayhero.com/au/cameron

Mr McKnight will be getting his full-arm tattoo coloured in on Wednesday at the Hammer and Quill tattoo parlour in Alstonville on Wednesday

People are born with cystic fibrosis and there is currently no cure.

People with the disease develop an abnormal amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and the digestive system.

Lung failure is the major cause of death for someone with CF.

One in 2500 babies are born with CF, that’s one every four days



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